|Also Known As|
Throne Minister of Oz (formerly)
Son of a Witch (2005)
The Scarecrow is a fictional character in Gregory Maguire's reinvisonment novels. He is the first traveling companion Dorothy Gale and her pet dog Toto, being discovered along her journey down the Yellow Brick Road. He joins Dorothy to ask the Wizard for a set of brains. After the Wizard's departure, the Scarecrow would temporarily become a Throne Minister of Oz, before being deposed and replaced by Shell Thropp.
In the NovelEdit
In Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, Elphaba suspects that the Scarecrow was her lover Fiyero coming back to her in a disguise. Like in the original 1900 book by Baum and the 1939 movie by MGM, the Witch has her Flying Monkeys rip him to shreds and tear the straw out of the Scarecrow's clothing. In Wicked, Elphaba does this to make certain if he was Fiyero or not, but the Monkeys only find nothing but straw. Despite this, Elphaba believes it could have been the spirit of Fiyero within the straw itself. It is left to the reader of the book to choose if the Scarecrow was possessed by his spirit or not.
In Son of a Witch, it is the Scarecrow who talks to Elphaba's teenage son Liir after Dorothy Gale leaves Oz and is sent back home to Kansas. Liir formed a crush on Dorothy while venturing with her to the Emerald City after Elphaba was liquefied by a bucket of water. Liir speaks with the Scarecrow after Dorothy breaks her promise to say goodbye to him before leaving. The Scarecrow tells Liir that he knew Dorothy was not from this world. She did not belong in Oz and had to leave. Scarecrow then tells Liir he needs to move on and get over Dorothy before parting ways in the Emerald City.
Later on, after the Wizard leaves, the Scarecrow is made the Throne Minister, after the brief installment of Glinda Upland. However, Liir doesn't believe the Scarecrow who sat on the throne was the one who he spoke with prior, nor the one who befriended Dorothy. Liir thinks the Scarecrow on the throne was a mere 'performer', a human in a costume to fool the citizens of Oz, who are a gullible bunch and doubts if the Scarecrow is even still alive and stuffed together. Later, though "an unfortunate accident involving a beaker of lighter fluid", the Scarecrow is deposed and is replaced as Throne Minister by Shell Thropp, who would later crown himself Emperor Apostle of Oz.
In the MusicalEdit
In the musical, Wicked, Fiyero turns into the Scarecrow after Elphaba chants a spell to save his life during the song, No Good Deed. He can be seen for the first time during the Finale song when he opens a trap door to release Elphaba. The pair leave Oz to start a new life, as both of them are presumed dead.